America Cooks with Chefs: The Winning Recipe

 

America Cooks with Chefs

 

Earlier this week, in La Quinta, California, America Cooks with Chefs arrived at its exciting conclusion: six participants, all ordinary Americans, competed in a live competition at the Clinton Health Matters Annual Activation Summit. The challenge? Prepare and serve a delicious meal with fewer than 800 calories. Our lucky contestants had a bit of help: before the competition, each was paired with a JBF Award–winning chef, who welcomed their respective trainees into their restaurant kitchens and taught them their recipes, with some healthy cooking tips on the side. The chefs also flew to California to support the contestants during the event. Former president Bill Clinton summed up the competition nicely on... Read more >

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America Cooks with Chefs: Episode Four

 

With stops in Chicago, Miami, and La Quinta, California in the books, America Cooks with Chefs now heads to Los Angeles for its fourth episode. In this seven-part cooking competition, contestants go behind the scenes at a James Beard Award–winning chef’s restaurant to learn tips, tricks, and advice for cooking more nutritious meals. The participants will also attend the 2015 Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) conference in California, where they will demonstrate their new skills in a live cooking challenge judged by a panel of celebrities.

 

In Los Angeles, contestant Vinita Williams pays a visit to legendary chef Mary Sue Milliken for a lesson in crafting exciting, healthy... Read more >

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Letter from the President: Seven Ideas for a Healthy New Year

 

“Eat as if your life depends on it,” said Kathleen Frith, president of the nonprofit institute Glynwood and a speaker at the 2014 JBF Food Conference. As many of you know, the James Beard Foundation has been convening thought leaders and stakeholders from various sectors of the food industry for several years. In the past the conference has addressed topics such as hunger, trust, and how the media may influence what we ultimately eat. This past fall, our fifth JBF Food Conference explored the link between food and health and how better-quality food may be the key to a healthier America. As we begin 2015, I want to share with you seven great quotes from our conference speakers that can help guide us all to a healthier new year.

 

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1. “Families who eat at least five meals a week together are 20 percent less likely
to have children who are overweight.”

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America Cooks with Chefs: Episode Three

 

After stops in Chicago and Miami, America Cooks with Chefs is hopping over to the West Coast for its third installment. In this seven-episode cooking competition, contestants will go behind the scenes at a James Beard Award–winning chef’s restaurant to learn tips, tricks, and advice for cooking more nutritious meals. The participants will then attend the 2015 Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) conference in California, where they will demonstrate their new skills in a live cooking challenge judged by a panel of celebrities.

 

Episode three stars Jordan Kennedy, of Arlington, Virginia. Jordan struggles with her weight and wants guidance on how to balance her health with her love of eating at nice restaurants. Having lost 30 pounds, but only to gain it back, Jordan is... Read more >

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America Cooks with Chefs: Episode Two

 

Hot on the heels of our first episode, America Cooks with Chefs returns this week with its second installment. Each episode will follow one contestant as they go behind the scenes at a James Beard Award-winning chef’s restaurant to learn tips, tricks, and advice for cooking more nutritious meals.

 

Episode two follows Michael Angelo Gonzalez, a Miami native who loves his family’s African American and Cuban traditional foods, but is coming to understand that their diet is harming their health. Michael wants to make a change: he wants to learn budget-friendly cooking techniques so that he can continue to cook the foods his family loves, but in a healthier way.

 

We matched Michael Angelo with fellow Miami native and JBF Award winner Michelle Bernstein of the hot new restaurant... Read more >

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America Cooks with Chefs: Episode One

 

We're thrilled to announce that America Cooks with Chefs, a cooking competition conceived in a partnership with the Clinton Foundation, has reached a milestone this week: the first episode of the seven-part video series is here! Each episode will follow one contestant as they go behind the scenes at a James Beard Award—winning chef’s restaurant to learn tips, tricks, and advice for cooking more nutritious meals.

 

Our first episode features Victoria Phillips, a working mother of two, who wants to cut back on high-calorie convenience meals that she and her husband often feel forced to prepare for their family because of time constraints. We matched Victoria, who lives in a suburb of Chicago, with hometown superstar chef Tony Mantuano of the legendary Spiaggia. Chef Tony’s decorated career includes numerous awards and honors—as well as a... Read more >

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What We're Reading: December 17, 2014

 

Turn your slow cooker into a party punch bowl with these hot cocktails. [Epicurious]

 

From bánh mì to saison, a look at how food words enter American dictionaries. [Boston Globe]

 

If you like to load up on the hot sauce, does it make you more of a man? According to a new study, yes it does. [TIME]

 

The perfect holiday dessert combo: candy cane cookies. [The Kitchn]

 

When food takes the stage, there's no saying who's real and who's acting. [... Read more >

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Chef Op-Ed: How to Feed the World, Hari Pulapaka

 

From health professionals and farmers to chefs and activists, it seems like the food system is on everyone's minds lately. How can we channel this widespread concern into meaningful action? Below, Katherine Miller of Chef Action Network, our partner organization behind our Chefs Boot Camp for Policy & Change, and chef and Boot Camp alum Hari Pulapaka propose a more collaborative approach to debating policy.

 

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Can every person in the world be fed? Yes. But only if the conversation and actions about food are realigned.

 

Later this week, leaders from over 190 governments will gather at the International Conference on Nutrition in Rome to debate, consider and, hopefully, commit to finding ways to provide healthy, delicious, sustainable and just food for all.... Read more >

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America Cooks with Chefs Announces Healthy Cooking Competition Contestants

 

American Cooks with Chefs, the healthy cooking initiative launched by the Clinton Foundation in partnership with JBF, has revealed the six contestants who will pair up with James Beard Award–winning chefs to create the ultimate healthy and delicious dish.

 

The contestants will meet their chef collaborators at Kitchen Camps, where they’ll “make-under” their favorite decadent dish into a nutritious meal. The ultimate test comes at the Clinton Health Matters Conference in January 2015, where the contestants will compete in a Live Cooking Challenge

 

Here are the contestants and their JBF Award-winning chef mentors:

  • Jonathan Saturay (NYC) will be paired with chef Maria Hines (Seattle)
  • Vinita Lark Williams (Los Angeles) will be paired with chef Mary Sue Milliken (Los Angeles)
  • Kathy Partak (Auburn, California) will be paired with chef Naomi Pomeroy (Portland, Oregon)
  • Jordan Kennedy (Alexandria, VA)

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Allies for Health with Dr. Tim Harlan and Seamus Mullen at JBF Food Conference

 

A recurring thread at this year’s JBF Food Conference was the need to make the knowledge we have about health more accessible to the average consumer. As keynote speaker Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel pointed out, a big piece of this change must come from better educating physicians about nutrition. In this panel, Dr. Tim Harlan of Tulane University School of Medicine and JBF Award–nominated chef Seamus Mullen describe the vast potential of partnerships between doctors and chefs, and share through personal experience the incredible transformative power of healthy eating habits.

 

Video footage of all our 2014 JBF Food Conference talks and panels can be found ... Read more >

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